Decorating a small space brings it own set of challenges. Sean Rush believes living in limited space does not mean living in limited style. Editing is crucial in rooms of limited scale. He feels you can achieve the greatest impact and the most gratifying results with a less is more approach. Rather than selecting smaller in size furnishings, opt for a few full scale pieces can create the look of a larger room. The casita, a small guest house, pictured here is a wonderful example of Sean’s understanding of the design elements necessary to transform a limited environment in to one giving a more spacious look and feel. In the bedroom, he has used a singular large piece of art in lieu of several smaller pieces. Sean has done the unexpected by casually leaning the client’s Matisse against the wall.
This helps keep the room an inviting nesting sanctuary. The oversized 18th century framed mirror gives depth and style.
It doubles the visual space and reflects light and color. He continues to add visual interest by choosing this richly colored authentic Suzani bed cover and Burmese teak bedside table. Sean has elected to use Phillip Jeffries wallpaper on the ceiling, achieving major style impact with out using any floor space.
He continues the less is more approach in the living room. Two large art pieces adorn the walls and nothing else. Phillip Jeffries wallpaper has been used again in a soft subtle pattern. Sean selected a Ralph Lauren sofa with clean, simple lines then casually draped a calf skin throw, also from Ralph Lauren, across one end. The moucharbieh table offers both visual interest and function. A touch of levity has been added to the room with the choice of champagne cork barstools. Sean has hung the client’s cherished Stephen McCurry photograph as the only art to grace the walls. The dining room table and chairs has function as well as giving a pop of color. The solid color drapery panels draw the eye upwards visually widening the room.
Throughout this casita, Sean has created cohesion by using a unified color palette, material story and overall style. This allows the entire house to seamlessly flow together creating a more spacious look.